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  • Address: Calle 85 Este and Vía Cincuentenario
  • Hours: 9am – 4:30pm Monday to Saturday, 9am to 1pm Sunday
  • Admission: US$6

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Panama Viejo Ruins

Long before smallpox, conquistadors, and Catholicism made the Americas safe for European occupation, a group of Spanish sailors laid claim to the indigenous settlement of Panamá, "Land of Plenty." It was August 15, 1519, and they had no sense of what their tiny village would one day become.

Though Panama City is considered "Oldest Permanent European Settlement on the Pacific," the original Panamá Viejo (Old Panama) was abandoned after a devastating 1671 attack by Captain Morgan's pirate army. Today, you can wander its worn remains, including the old cathedral and several stone buildings and walls. 

The juxtaposition with modern Panama City, visible across the bay, is startling. Fascinating finds from ongoing archaeological excavations are displayed at the onsite museum.

Practical Info

Buses to Panamá Viejo leave from the Avenida Central terminal (at Avenida Justo Arosemena), the same terminal serving Tocumen International Airport, throughout the day. Taxis are inexpensive and convenient.

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Panama Viejo Ruins Sightseeing Tour

Take a panoramic sightseeing of Panama Viejo and discover the wonders of the remaining part of old Panama. Learn about its history through your knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Panama, Panama
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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